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TUC pledges day of action against blacklisting firms

by Simon Basketter at TUC Congress in Bournemouth
Issue No. 2370

The TUC has called a nationwide day of action against blacklisting on Wednesday 20 November. Among events across Britain there will be a protest and lobby of parliament.

Justin Bowden from the GMB union told the TUC Congress how “undercover cops and state forces colluded with big business” to “destroy workers’ reputations and job prospects”. He said, “If celebrity phone hacking was a national scandal, the secret conspiracy that denied workers employment without explanation and ruined lives is a civil rights outrage.”

He said that only a “Leveson-style public inquiry” would force blacklisters and their police informants to “own up, clean up, pay up”.

Blacklisted construction Ucatt union member Bill Parry spoke to TUC Congress. He said, “I want justice for every single person who was blacklisted. 

“And we need to ensure that blacklisting never happens again.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said, “It is scandalous that so many people’s livelihoods have been ruined or put at risk just for raising health and safety concerns.”

The TUC added that blacklisting should be made a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

 


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